Saudi Prince is proud new owner of Bugatti Chiron, One-Off Vision GT Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 9, 2016

News of the sale of a Bugatti concept car gets around quickly because it is something that few can afford and it is an awesome vehicle. From Bugatti’s Instagram account, we learned that a Saudi Arabian prince purchased two vehicles from Bugatti – and these aren’t just your ordinary Bugatti (if there ever was an “ordinary” Bugatti).

Apparently Saudi Arabian royalty Prince Badr bin Saud won both a Bugatti Chiron and the one-off Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept car during a bid. Bugatti proudly announced the purchase on their Instagram account which left most of us stunned at the purchase. As usual, Bugatti did not release more information on the sale but we’re betting the acquisition cost a fortune.

Saud purchased the Bugatti Chiron that made its first appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The car makes 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque under its hood on all-wheel drive and has a top speed of up to 310 mph. One unit of the Chiron costs as much as $2.6 million, and Saud’s purchase is one of the 500 units which Bugatti produced. It is powered by an 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers that are larger than the Veyron’s.

To reduce its weight, the Chiron is built extensively on titanium and carbon fiber; for example, its new exhaust system is built entirely from titanium while its intake tube, charge air system and chain housing are made of carbon fiber and so is its body (an 18-pound weight savings). The Chiron has both stunning interior finishing as well as top-class sound quality care of Accuton, giving it the title “world’s fastest concert hall”.

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo on the other hand was first introduced to the world at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was Bugatti’s contribution to the virtual world of Gran Turismo, particularly the Gran Turismo 6 Vision GT Project which allowed designers and engineers from real-world automaking companies to showcase their creation minus real-world restrictions. The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is given two shades of French racing blue – the front section on lighter blue hue and working its way to the back in a darker shade. The color scheme was patterned to the same scheme used in the Le Mans-winning 1937 Type 57 G Tank.

The interior of the Vision GT is unlike any other we’ve seen from Bugatti as it sports a racier interior with blue carbon fiber racing bucket behind the multi-function steering wheel and HD display. Just like its exterior, the interior reflects the same carbon fiber material shown on the spine to the center console down to the middle of the cabin and arcs of the ceiling.

To give an even “racier” feel, the Vision GT’s interior is covered in bespoke suede similar to high-end Formula One cars and are especially used on the steering controls, headrest and dashboard. There hasn’t been much information on the Vision GT’s powertrain but it is said to come with a W16 engine and in all-wheel drive. Rumour has it that it can produce as much as 1,500 horsepower and pump up 1,100 lb.-ft. torque hitting 60 mph in 2 seconds and a top speed of 290 mph.

No need to be sad if you’re thinking that we won’t be seeing these vehicles anymore. Both the Chiron (but most probably not the one purchased by Saud) and the Vision GT concept car will make an appearance at the 2016 Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.

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